Explore Marin's cooler, ocean side this summer where several serene stays are waiting for you to check in.
Make sure to plan ample time to experience West Marin's rolling hills, winding roads, charming bayside communities, and epic views of the sea. The region's staggering beauty, abundance of wildlife, and unique culture make it the perfect destination year-round for days of relaxation and discovery.
Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or a summer escape, these unique accommodations put you front and center on Marin's ocean side.
(Courtesy of AppleGarden Cottage)
Craving a cozy cottage for the weekend? You're in luck because Marin's ocean side has several rooms with a view.
If privacy is what you seek, it's privacy you'll get. A stay at AppleGarden Cottage is picturesque and serene. It's located on a private working farm outside the charming town of Tomales. Surrounded by an organic apple orchard and lush vegetable gardens, you might find it tough to leave your newfound space. Despite its off-the-beaten-path feel, AppleGarden is actually very accessible to nearby attractions, whether exploring Wine Country or driving along Highway 1.
Also in Tomales Bay is Nick's Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar and Cottages. While each of Nick's 12 cottages feels very private, the luxurious decor gives a nice modern touch. Since there's daily counter service in the restaurant and a bar at Nick's, many guests spend plenty of time just relaxing on site. That said, West Marin's top tourist attractions, such as Hog Island Oyster Co, are a short drive away. Arguably the best reason to stay at Nick's is the view—think tranquil waters and sandy beaches with exotic wildlife and rolling hills in the distance.
(Courtesy of Inn at Roundstone Farm)
If you're out and about most of the day, a quiet inn is all you need. Here are a couple of the ocean side's best.
When it comes to adventure travel, cookie-cutter hotels just won't do it. Bear Valley Cottage is a 35-mile drive from San Francisco and about 50 miles from Napa, should you be hitting the vineyards during your stay. While it feels like it's in the middle of nowhere, the inn is a jumping point for outdoor excursions. Give them a call for a midweek reservation and enjoy the peace. The Visitor Center at Point Reyes National Seashore is half a mile away, not to mention trails of every kind: hiking, biking and horseback riding.
For travelers looking for a taste of the simple life, the Inn at Roundstone Farm fills that need in more ways than one. Not only will you feel at one with nature, but you'll indulge in fresh breakfasts, too. The property has five guest rooms, making for a very personalized stay. Nature reigns supreme here, from rolling hills and ponds to panoramic views of Mount Wittenberg and Inverness Ridge. You may lose track of time at Roundstone, but that's all part of the inn's historic charm.
(Courtesy of Straus Home Ranch)
For a home-away-from-home feel, a B&B is a must.
Although technically not listed as a B&B, Straus Home Ranch has a way of making guests feel like they're part of the family. The 150-year-old farmhouse has been nicely renovated and furnished with a touch of modern flair. Plus, the eucalyptus and cypress trees swaying in the wind and 160 acres of organic pastures make for quite the backdrop. Ideal for couples looking for some alone time, the house includes a romantic garden and two porches. There's even a small beach steps away.
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